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10 Best Funk Albums Featured on Funk My Soul

1. Parliament – 1975 – Mothership Connection

Parliament’s Mothership Connection is easily the greatest funk albumof all time. If you want to listen to music to make you feel good and dance, this is the perfect album.

Mind-blowing. A milestone in funk history… From the spoken intro of ‘P. Funk’ to the disco vocals of the title track, everything sounded like the ultimate reference in the genre. Each song had been crafted as a timeless classic : never ending jams bursting with multi-layered grooves, thumping basslines, crazy vocal arrangements and George Clinton’s hilarious lyrics… It seemed all the musicians involved had the time of their life during the recording. As a result, this was the definitive partying album… Perfection in madness.

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2. Funkadelic – 1971 – Maggot Brain

One of the masterpieces of Psychedelic soul- funk – rock.

It contains one of the best guitar’s solo ever made!

According to legend, George Clinton out of his mind on Orange Sunshine, told Eddie Hazel to play the first half of the song like his mother had just died, and then the second half as if he had found out she was alive. The result was the 10-minute guitar solo for which Hazel is most fondly remembered by many music critics and fans. Though several other musicians began the track playing, Clinton soon realized the power of Hazel’s solo and faded them out so that the focus would be on Hazel’s guitar. The entire track was recorded in one take.
In March 2005, Q magazine placed “Maggot Brain” at number 71 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, which I personal think is not fair as it should be at least at top 20!

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3. James Brown – 1974 – Hell

This is JB at his badaassssss funky best!

This double album is brilliant from start to finish. Side 1 is the funky stuff to dance to. Side 2 is the more chilled out ballad side. Side 3 is yet mo’ funky stuff. Side 4 is devoted to the brilliant 14 minute rap “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”. I never get bored of this album!

Of JB’s wildest album, with a crazy cover that shows him running away from the devil, and great gatefold inner photo with him standing amidst a bunch of declarations of “Hell”. The record was originally a double album filled with lots of different styles from James’ funky bag.

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4. Shuggie Otis ‎- 1974 – Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis ‎ (son of legendary balladeer Johnny) is quite simply a musical genius. Of the first order.

A brillant,imagantive one-mand band who ranks up there with Stevie Wonder,Prince,and the late,great Curtis Mayfield. But sadly didn’t. Unfourtnaly, Shuggie never achieved the great feats that those greats attained.
And even sadder, his visionary second album,”Insprition Infomation”, was his swan song.
And that’s sad because “Information Infomation” is a lost treasure.

This album is just amazing-to put simply. This album easily became one of my favorite albums of all-time after just one listen! This album was released in 1974 and sounds more innovative and contempary then most of the music released today! Sly,Prince, Stevie, Marvin, Curtis, Donny…there’s another name that’s not on that list and it’s Shuggie.Want proof?
All you have to do is listen to this album.

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5. The Isley Brothers – 1973 – 3+3

The Isleys were already tight with just Ronald, Rudolph, and O’Kelly, but they did the smartest thing by including Marvin,Ernie,and Chris Jasper. For years the momentum was building up to this point (Brother, Brother, Brother in particular), but 3+3 just knocked everything out the box. There were no rules here. They covered everything from soul, funk, rock, even covers (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight and Summer Breeze for sure!!!).The Isley Brothers becoming a self contained band was the best thing that ever happened to them, because it made their catalog richer. For the next 10 years they would create some of the best albums in history, but it started here!!!!

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6. Funkadelic – 1978 – One Nation Under a Groove

This album is incredible, truly one of the greatest records in pop music history. To put it simply, it is an album that defines a genre. Of course there are older funk albums which laid out the groundwork, but ONE NATION was a recording that combined the various elements that Funk music had incorporated over the years and crammed it all into one amazing album.

The chaotic groove of the bass guitar, the electric screech of the electric, the satirical and over the top lyrics and vocals, the use of synthesizers and Indulgent keyboard technology; these were all elements that the P-Funk music collaborative, led by George Clinton, had been developing in their music for years. This album has it all. The first track, is in my opinion, P-Funk’s pinnacle song. But every cut is a frigging gem.

I’m not going to go on too much about how amazing this album is. The point is, if you consider yourself an expert of popular music, then this album is a staple of any collection. Buy it, download it, pirate it, whatever, just please- have this album available to listen to at all times! I guarantee, like any great funk music, it will always put you in a good mood.

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7. The Meters – 1974 – Rejuvenation

Brilliantly funky!

This is the greatest album they cut for Reprise and it’s one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie.

The record features the incredible breakbeat cut “Just Kissed My Baby” – worth the price of the album alone, plus other nice ones like “Jungle Man“, “Africa“, “What’cha Say“, and the perennial New Orleans favorite “Hey Pocky A Way“.

Also features the incredible funk jam “It Ain’t No Use” – a monster track that’s nearly 12 minutes long!

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.128) – Ranked #138 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time – “They achieved a perfect balance of funk, rock and Dixie R&B on REJUVENATION gems…” Rolling Stone (8/3/00, p.58) –4.5 stars out of 5 –

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8. Ohio Players – 1975 – Honey

A classic Funk – Soul Album of the 70’s.

Legendary pioneers of street funk, the Ohio Players went platinum with this hot 1975 release that includes the chart-topping disco/funk classic “Love Rollercoaster”. Sexy, horn-driven grooves, hypnotic rhythms, and bottom-heavy jams take us on a fresh and funky new dimension.

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9. Betty Davis – 1973 – Betty Davis

Review by Soulmakossa

Rip, posting and additional info’s by Nikos

Betty Davis was one of the nastiest ladies in 70s soul – and this is one of her greatest albums – a killer batch of funky tracks all the way through! Betty has a sound like nobody else – and she takes heavy drums, throbbing bass, and ripping guitars – all as a hard and funky backing for raunchy, raspy vocals that are belted out with a slinky, sexy sort of sound! Davis’ vocals are unlike anyone else we can think of – easily some of the most badass work you’ll ever find on record – and the tracks are a mix of hip themes about sex, gal power, and struttin your stuff – all delivered by a righteous woman who can definitely do just that! The album features the classic break tracks “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” and “Steppin in Her I Miller Shoes“, but every cut is a funky monster. A great one if you dig hard female soul, heavy funky guitars, or both at the same time!

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10. Rick James ‎– 1981 – Street Songs

Review by David O’Donnell

Following on from the poorly received Garden of Love album, Rick James released the seminal Street Songs in 1981 to both critical acclaim and commercial success, showing that the king of punk-funk was back on top.

What made Street Songs such a success was the defiant and passionate performances given by James, together with the innovative and exciting songwriting throughout. The singles Superfreak, Ghetto Life and Give It To Me Baby all topped the dance charts in the US, and the album managed to breathe new life into a Motown label, which at the time was struggling to release hit albums. Street Songs became the biggest R&B album of that year, staying at the top of the charts for 20 consecutive weeks and since then the album has gone multi-platinum.

Although the album was released more than three decades ago, the influence of James as a performer and Street Songs as an album remains strong, with his tracks being sampled by hip hop artists including Busta Rhymes and Jay Z as well as being featured in numerous film and computer game soundtracks.

Including in the The Top 10 Motown Albums by Mojo Magazine.

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